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Nov. 5 ballot

Lehmann out, McClelland in for school board race

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The New Albany-Plain Local school board will have at least one new member after the Nov. 5 general election.

Cheri Lehmann said at the July 22 board meeting she did not plan to run for re-election.

She was elected in 2009 to her first term.

Lehmann said she wants to spend more time with her 10- and 14-year-old children, but she promised to stay involved with district activities.

Lehmann potentially could be replaced by John McClelland, who announced July 22 his intentions to run for school board.

McClelland was chairman of the school district's 2012 levy campaign and has served on the strategic planning committee and facilities advisory committee.

"As I've spent more time being involved with the schools and have seen the progress that the district's been making, I want to make sure that continues," McClelland said.

He said he has lived in the district for 13 years and has three children entering the first, second and fourth grades.

"I want the district to continue to make forward progress ... and fulfill the vision of the current board and administration," McClelland said.

Also at the July 22 meeting, board President Laura Kohler announced her re-election bid.

"I think we've made tremendous strides and made tremendous progress, and we've done it together," Kohler said.

She said she has faith in the current administration and would "like the opportunity to remain involved and fulfill the mission and get closer to the district's vision."

The district's mission is "to ensure the development of high-achieving, ethical, self-directed and intellectually curious citizens of the world" and the vision is "to become the leader in reinventing education."

Kohler was elected to her first term in 2009.

Natalie Matt, who also was elected in 2009 with Kohler and Lehmann, is the other board member with an expiring term.

She was not at the July 22 meeting and has not publicly announced her intentions for the November election.

School board terms are for four years.

The filing deadline for November election candidates is Aug. 7, according to the Franklin County Board of Elections website.

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